The Audrain Medical Center started the new year on a positive note with the first quarter well underway.
The AMC Board of Trustees held its regular January 24 meeting with Neuendorf noting some positive starts to the new year, including high patient satisfaction with AMC’s emergency department and positive results from a new staffing plan and affiliation process with SSM.
Neuendorf said during his president’s report that patient satisfaction scores of the hospital’s emergency department showed significant improvement. He said for December, AMC ranked at the 99th percentile in a number of measures, which is hoped to continue into 2013.
Neuendorf also noted staff rearrangements in the nursing floor and closing the 3 West Unit, which was reopened twice in January due to high patient volume, has helped push AMC into a positive start for the first quarter.
He said feedback on the hospital’s affiliation has been positive, having talked to several groups that seem pleased with the plan. Regulatory authorities are due to look at information provided to SSM — AMC’s possible affiliate — after a definitive agreement is signed.
Kari Wilson reported on the hospital’s remodeling projects. She said remaining work in the ASU/OR is expected to be completed in the next three to four weeks. The work is being completed by an AMC employee.
Wilson said the AMC Auxiliary is looking at revamping the gift shop and a possible floor replacement.
The Sleep Lab open house is planned from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, January 31. The second floor of the Sleep Lab will be toured.
The board reviewed a revised 2012 Audrain County budget, which reflects the end-of-year cash balance to be sent to the state auditor. The revised budget was unanimously approved.
The Board of Trustees received a request for $640,000 to be moved from the tax account and used for hospital maintenance. The board unanimously approved the request.
Vice President Greg Shaw reviewed AMC’s fourth quarter financial report.
Shaw reported that 2012 started off strong in the first four months but continued to decline throughout the year. He noted AMC’s operational loss in 2012 due to low patient volume, which was buffered by meaningful use monies.